FOLLOW UP TO BOB BEAMAN'S ANSWER TO 2009 MITSUBISHI GALANT QUESTION

Asked by Jul 11, 2015 at 12:06 AM about the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES

Question type: General

FOLLOW UP TO BOB BEAMAN'S ANSWER TO MY QUESTION WHICH IS ASKED
AGAIN HERE

Hello Mr. Beaman,

I desperately need your help as a CarGuru not as an attorney -- that's my job.  In our
jurisdiction the car must be in motion or the motor must be running  for someone in the
driver's seat to be an operator.  My client parked her car in a store parking lot and rode
with her boyfriend to an out-of-town party.  They had a fuss so the boyfriend dropped
her off at her car after the party rather than taking her all the way home.  My client did
the right thing.  She called a sober person to come drive her car home and listened to
the radio while waiting.  According to the officer's report, he "noticed" her parked car
because the parked car was completely dark with no visible lights and a black woman
was seated behind the wheel in the parking lot at night.  The officer came up, smelled
alcohol, told her to turn off the car and take the key out of the ignition, and arrested her.  
The sober friend arrived while the officer was arresting her.  The sober friend will testify
that the lights functioned normally on the drive from the WalMart parking lot to the
magistrate's office.  

Can you determine as a CarGuru whether or not the car was idling based upon the
officer's statement that the car was completely dark with no visible lights?   If so, how
can I get written information which lays out the operation of the lights for the 2009
Mitsubishi Galant?  My client is a member of the working poor and cannot afford an out-
of-town expert, but I can get a local mechanic to testify based upon reliable written
information of the kind normally relied upon by mechanics.  The car itself is no longer
available.  I have the VIN which was noted on the report.

Help!

2 Answers

63,165

Visit your local Mitsubishi Dealer's Service Department. They should have a copy of the vehicle's factory shop manual handy since the vehicle is only 6 years old. Within the Shop Manual there should be a troubleshooting flow chart for the headlight system. It will outline the normal operations of the system with each position of both the headlight switch and ignition switch. I'd also ask if any of THEIR mechanics would be willing to testify as an expert witness of the headlight system's operation on your client's behalf. That will carry more weight than a gas station type of mechanic. You also want an ASE Certified mechanic. Preferably Certified in vehicle electrical systems. HTH. -Jim

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A 2009 mitsubishi galant has daytime running lights and if the car is on in any way the headlights will be active

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